Symptoms of sinusitis vary from person to person. While one person may have all of the symptoms, someone else may have only one or two of them.
Acute sinusitis is usually painful, while chronic sinusitis is generally more uncomfortable than painful.
The most common symptoms are:
Stuffy or runny nose
Clear, thin discharge from the nose (as in chronic sinusitis), or thick yellow or green discharge from the nose, sometimes tinged with blood (as in acute sinusitis)
Sneezing and/or coughing
Pain over the bridge of the nose
Headache that is worse in the morning, when bending forward, or when riding an elevator
Postnasal drip from the nose into the throat
Frequent throat clearing
Itchy eyes and nose
Reduced sense of smell and/or taste
Fever and chills
Pain in the roof of the mouth or teeth
Face and eye pain
If there is facial or eye pain, the condition is acute, and it is easy to tell which sinus openings are blocked. If blowing the nose does not bring forth enough mucus, a gentle massaging of the areas of facial pain can sometimes help reduce blockage.
Less common symptoms, which may or may not be accompanied by a stuffy nose, are:
Earache, feeling of fullness in the ear, swelling and tenderness behind the ear, and/or ear popping due to mucus in the eustachian tube of the ear
Sore throat and hoarse voice caused by infected postnasal drip
Swelling of the eye area due to a spread of infection from the sinuses to the eye
Severe headache with vomiting, a very rare symptom, which indicates the possibility of meningitis, caused by a spread of the infection into the brain.
For more information about meningitis, go to Meningitis.
Need To Know:
The symptoms of sinusitis are very similar to those of the common cold. Especially with children, the symptoms may mimic a cold, and only a doctor's examination can determine the true cause. If the symptoms do not subside within 10 days, or if there is any fever, a doctor should be consulted.
Are Sinusitis And Chest Congestion Related?
Just as with a head cold that moves into the chest, sinusitis and chest congestion often occur together. This is because the respiratory system of the chest and sinuses are connected to one another. Chest congestion and sinusitis also have similar causes.
Just as infections of the sinuses can become severe if not treated early, an infection of the chest can lead to pneumonia without early medical attention.
Therefore, people with conditions causing chest congestion, such as asthma or bronchitis, are especially prone to rhinitis and sinusitis. Often, treating sinusitis also improves the symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, and chest infections.